Forward Regulatory Plan: 2017-2019

A forward regulatory plan is a public list or description of anticipated regulatory changes or actions that a department intends to bring forward or undertake in a specified time frame. It is intended to give consumers, business, other stakeholders and trading partners greater opportunity to inform the development of regulations and to plan for the future. It should be noted that this forward regulatory plan will be adjusted and updated over time as Transport Canada's operating environment also changes over time.

This plan provides information on planned and potential regulatory initiatives that Transport Canada expects to bring forward over the next two years. It also identifies public consultation opportunities and a departmental contact point for each regulatory initiative.

  1. Canadian Aviation Regulations (Emergency Locator Transmitters - ELT)
  2. Regulations Amending the Canadian Aviation Regulations (Parts I and VI – Flight Data and Cockpit Voice Recorders)
  3. Regulations Amending the Canadian Aviation Regulations (Parts I and VII – Flight Duty Time and Fatigue Risk Management)
  4. Regulations Amending the Canadian Aviation Regulations (Parts I, III and VI to VIII — Water Airports)
  5. Regulations Amending the Canadian Aviation Regulations (Unmanned Air Vehicles (UAV))
  6. Transportation Of Dangerous Goods by Rail Security Regulations
  7. Passenger Rail Security Regulations New
  8. Environmental Response Regulations (Phase I)
  9. Regulations Amending the Administrative Monetary Penalties and Notices Regulations
  10. Regulations Amending the Arctic Shipping Safety and Pollution Prevention Regulations
  11. Regulations Amending The Marine Personnel Regulations
  12. Regulations Amending the Vessel Operations Restriction Regulations, 2016 New
  13. Regulations amending the Commercial Vehicle Drivers Hours of Service Regulations 
  14. Regulations Amending Certain Regulations Made Under the Motor Vehicle Safety Act (National Safety Marks and Importation)
  15. Regulations Amending the Motor Vehicle Safety Regulations (Notice of Defect and Notice of Non-Compliance)
  16. Regulations Amending the Transportation of Dangerous Goods Regulations (Marine Provisions)
  17. Regulations Amending the Transportation of Dangerous Goods Regulations – Part 6 – Training New
  18. Regulations Amending the Transportation of Dangerous Goods Regulations – Part 7 – Emergency Response Assistance Plan (ERAP) New

Regulatory Initiatives that have already been published in the Canada Gazette Part 1 can be found at the "Recently in the Canada Gazette" page

Canadian Aviation Regulations (Emergency Locator Transmitters - ELT)

Description of the objective

Objective: To safeguard aviation safety in Canada by ensuring that ELTs on Canadian aircraft are transmitting at the monitored 406 MHz frequency, to ensure that the Canadian civil aviation system fulfills its international obligations, and to approach harmonization with our international partners, where possible, to facilitate cross-border trade.

Description:Transport Canada proposes to make the 406 MHz ELT mandatory for aircraft which are currently required to carry ELT(s). One year of implementation time will be provided for commercial aircraft owners while a five-year implementation time frame will be provided for non-commercial private aircraft owners who use their aircraft for recreation.

Additionally, TC proposes to amend the regulations to incorporate the current exemption which provides relief to Canadian Installers of 406 MHz capable ELTs from complying with the avionics specialized maintenance requirements of section 571.04 of the Canadian Aviation Regulations.

Enabling Act: Aeronautics Act

OPI: Civil Aviation

Indication of business impacts

There are no expected business impacts.

Public consultation opportunities

The proposed regulation was sent to CARAC members as a Notice of Proposed Amendment (NPA) for consultation on June 11, 2015. The comment period ended on September 11, 2015.

It is anticipated that there will be a 30-day comment period following pre-publication in Canada Gazette, Part I in June 2017.

Departmental contact

Michel Béland
Director, Policy and Regulatory Services
Civil Aviation
Tel.: (613) 949-2385
Email: michel.beland@tc.gc.ca

Regulations Amending the Canadian Aviation Regulations (Parts I and VI – Flight Data and Cockpit Voice Recorders)

Description of the objective

Objective: To enhance the capture of Cockpit Voice Recorder (CVR) information needed for accident investigation purposes.

Description: Proposed amendments would:

  • increase the duration of CVR recordings to 2 hours;
  • require physical separation of the CVR and flight data recorder (FDR) when both are required; and
  • require a dedicated independent power supply to power the CVR and cockpit area microphone for a period of 10 minutes whenever normal aircraft power sources to the CVR are interrupted.

Enabling Act: Aeronautics Act

OPI: Civil Aviation

Indication of business impacts

There are no expected business impacts.

Public consultation opportunities

External stakeholder consultation via the Canadian Aviation Regulation Advisory Council (CARAC) took place in 2009 and 2011. An update on the progress of this regulatory initiative was provided to industry stakeholders at the October 2013 CARAC Plenary.

It is anticipated that there will be a 30-day comment period following pre-publication in Canada Gazette, Part I in May 2017.

Departmental contact

Michel Béland
Director, Policy and Regulatory Services
Civil Aviation
Tel.: (613) 949-2385
Email: michel.beland@tc.gc.ca

Regulations Amending the Canadian Aviation Regulations (Parts I and VII – Flight Duty Time and Fatigue Risk Management)

Description of the objective

Objective: To enhance safety within flight operations by amending the current limitations associated with flight duty time limitations and rest period requirements for flight crew members (pilots and flight engineers). The current limitations are not supported by today's fatigue science and are not meeting the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO)’s standards.

Description: The proposed amendments would introduce amendments to flight and duty time limitations and rest period requirements, and introduce fatigue risk management systems.

Enabling Act: Aeronautics Act

OPI: Civil Aviation

Indication of business impacts

There are no expected business impacts.

Public consultation opportunities

External consultation took place in fall 2014 via the Canadian Aviation Regulation Advisory Council. The Department further published a Notice of Intent in August 2015.

It is anticipated that there will be a 30-day comment period following pre-publication in Canada Gazette, Part I in May 2017.

Departmental contact

Michel Béland
Director, Policy and Regulatory Services
Civil Aviation
Tel.: (613) 949-2385
Email: michel.beland@tc.gc.ca

Regulations Amending the Canadian Aviation Regulations (Parts I, III and VI to VIII — Water Airports)

Description of the objective

Objective: To raise the current certified water aerodromes safety level to one comparable to that found at certified land airports.

Description: The proposed amendments would establish the aerodrome safety components necessary for a water aerodrome to be certified as an airport. The proposed regulations would require a potential water airport operator to consult with the local government respecting the proposed water airport and adjacent lands as part of the application process. The Minister would consider this consultation in the decision to issue a water airport certificate.

Enabling Act: Aeronautics Act

OPI: Civil Aviation

Indication of business impacts

There are no expected business impacts.

Public consultation opportunities

The proposed amendments were recommended by the Canadian Aviation Regulation Advisory Council, which includes representatives of government, associations (Canadian Owners and Pilots Association, Air Transport Association of Canada), water airport operators (Transport Canada – Victoria Harbour) and airlines (Harbour Air, West Coast Air), and other interested groups (NAV CANADA, Greater Victoria Marine Air Safety Society).

It is anticipated that there will be a 30-day comment period following pre-publication in Canada Gazette, Part I in December 2017.

Departmental contact

Michel Béland
Director, Policy and Regulatory Services
Civil Aviation
Tel.: (613) 949-2385
Email: michel.beland@tc.gc.ca

Regulations Amending the Canadian Aviation Regulations (Unmanned Air Vehicles (UAV))

Description of the objective

Objective: To safely integrate the growing population of unmanned air vehicles (“UAVs”) into Canadian airspace.

Description: The initial regulation will relate to UAVs under 25kg flying within visual line-of-sight (“VLOS”). The regulation will incorporate the operational elements of two regulatory exemptions issued in 2014 into the Canadian Aviation Regulations. The proposed regulations may also include requirements for registration, aircraft marking, and pilot licensing requirements. The proposed regulation will also modify the distinction between model aircraft and UAVs so that UAVs of similar sizes can be regulated in the same way, regardless of the purpose for which they are being used (commercial and recreational).

Future regulatory changes may be contemplated to address larger UAVs and UAVs operating beyond visual line-of-sight (“BVLOS”); however this likely to take place in a second phase of regulatory development.

Enabling Act: Aeronautics Act

OPI: Civil Aviation

Indication of business impacts

There are no expected business impacts.

Public consultation opportunities

Consultation with industry took place in summer 2015 via the Canadian Aviation Regulation Advisory Council (CARAC). A national teleconference and WebEx presentation was also held on July 30, 2015.

It is anticipated that there will be a 30-day comment period following pre-publication in Canada Gazette, Part I in May 2017.

Departmental contact

Michel Béland
Director, Policy and Regulatory Services
Civil Aviation
Tel.: (613) 949-2385
Email: michel.beland@tc.gc.ca

Transportation Of Dangerous Goods by Rail Security Regulations

Description of the objective

Objective: To enhance the security of the transportation of dangerous goods by rail, and to align partially with key international partners including the United States.

Description: The proposed regulations would introduce requirements for rail carriers and shippers to:

  • conduct assessments of the security risks associated with shipments of certain dangerous goods;
  • develop and implement security plans to address the assessed risks;
  • provide security training to employees (awareness training on security-specific issues as well as security plan training for those with responsibilities under the plan);
  • conduct ground level pre-trip security inspections;
  • report security incidents to TC; and
  • have a rail security coordinator.

Enabling Act: Transportation of Dangerous Goods Act, 1992

OPI: ISSEP

Indication of business impacts

There may be business impacts. The "One-for-One" and/or the Small Business Lens may apply.

Public consultation opportunities

TC has actively engaged the industry and their associations through bilateral meetings and established stakeholder fora (e.g., bi-annual meetings of the TDG Policy Advisory Council and the Multi-Association Committee on TDG (MAC TDG)). Consultations to date indicate that stakeholders generally support the development of TDG security regulations.

It is anticipated that there will be a 30-day comment period following pre-publication in Canada Gazette, Part I in 2017.

Departmental contact

Peter Lavallee,
Director, Surface and Inter-modal Security Policy
Tel.: (613) 949-7792
Email: peter.lavallee@tc.gc.ca

Passenger Rail Security Regulations New

Description of the objective

Objective: To introduce a regulatory framework to enhance the security of passenger rail transportation in Canada.

Description: The proposed regulations could introduce requirements for passenger rail companies, including:

  • security risk assessments;
  • security plans that address the assessed risks;
  • security training for employees (security awareness training as well as security plan training for those with responsibilities under the plan or security roles or responsibilities);
  • security inspections of passenger trains and cars;
  • security exercises;
  • rail security coordinators; and
  • security incident reporting to TC.

TC is also considering a less burdensome version of the regulatory package for both small companies and railway companies that allow passenger rail companies to use their tracks.

Enabling Act: Railway Safety Act

OPI: ISSEP

Indication of business impacts

There may be business impacts. The "One-for-One" and/or the Small Business Lens may apply.

Public consultation opportunities

Preliminary consultations with the railway industry took place across Canada (Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver, Calgary and Winnipeg) between Fall 2016 and Winter 2016/2017. In general, stakeholders expressed support for developing passenger rail security regulations. Comments received are currently under review, and will be considered when developing the draft regulations.

It is anticipated that there will be a 30-day comment period following pre-publication in Canada Gazette, Part I in 2017.

Departmental contact

Peter Lavallee,
Director, Surface and Inter-modal Security Policy
Tel.: (613) 949-7792
Email: peter.lavallee@tc.gc.ca

Environmental Response Regulations (Phase I)

Description of the objective

Objective: To improve the effectiveness of Canada’s Oil Spill Preparedness and Response Regime, through its capacity and preparedness to respond to marine incidents.

Description: Phase 1 of the Environmental Response Regulations will deal with matters related to the pollution prevention and response to marine spills from vessels and oil handling facilities. The proposed regulations will be in line with the CSA 2001 and will include changes reflected in Bill C-3 which was passed in Parliament in December 2014. The proposed Regulations will repeal and replace Part 2 of the existing Response Organizations and Oil Handling Facilities Regulations and the Environmental Response Arrangements Regulations in its entirety.

Enabling Act: Canada Shipping Act, 2001

OPI: Marine Safety and Security

Indication of business impacts

There are no expected business impacts.

Public consultation opportunities

The consultation process took place from May 1 – July 4, 2016, when a discussion paper and draft standards were sent out through the Canadian Marine Advisory Council distribution list. In addition, Regional TC offices forwarded the proposed package directly to Oil Handling Facilities for stakeholder response. All comments have been received and any necessary changes were incorporated.

It is anticipated that there will be a 30-day comment period following pre-publication in Canada Gazette, Part I in late 2017.

Departmental contact

Naim Nazha
Executive Director, Navigation Safety and Environmental Programs
Marine Safety and Security

Tel.: (613) 991-3131
Email: naim.nazha@tc.gc.ca

Regulations Amending the Administrative Monetary Penalties and Notices Regulations

Description of the objective

Objective: To enhance the enforcement tools under the Canada Shipping Act, 2001, to help ensure a safe marine transportation system.

Description: The proposal seeks to make amendments to the Administrative Monetary Penalties and Notices Regulations to designate new violations pursuant to the following regulations:

  • Small Vessel Regulations;
  • Collision Regulations;
  • Ballast Water Control and Management Regulations;
  • Safety Management Regulations;
  • Vessel Pollution and Dangerous Chemicals Regulations; and
  • Fire and Boat Drills Regulations.

Moreover, new administrative penalties are also proposed for new provisions added to the Canada Shipping Act, 2001 which relate to part 8 (Pollution Prevention and Response) of the Act.

Enabling Act: Canada Shipping Act, 2001

OPI: Marine Safety and Security

Indication of business impacts

There are no expected business impacts.

Public consultation opportunities

The last public consultations on these regulations were made to the Domestic Vessel Regulatory Oversight (Small Vessels) Standing Committee which was held April 20, 2016.

It is anticipated that there will be a 30-day comment period following pre-publication in Canada Gazette, Part I in spring 2017.

Departmental contact

Luc Tremblay
A/Exec Dir., Domestic Vessel Regulatory Oversight & Boating Safety
Marine Safety and Security

Tel.: (613) 949-3819
Email: Luc.Tremblay@tc.gc.ca

Regulations Amending the Arctic Shipping Safety and Pollution Prevention Regulations

Description of the objective

Objective: The objective of the Polar Code is to increase safety and environmental standards for vessels operating in Arctic and Antarctic waters by introducing regulations concerning ship design and construction, onboard equipment, operations, qualifications, training and experience, and protection of the marine environment. The Polar Code was adopted by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) in May 2015 and is expected to enter into force on January 1, 2017, by way of amendments to both the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) and the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships (MARPOL).

Description: The regulatory amendments will incorporate the Polar Code into Canadian domestic regulations, while ensuring that the existing levels of safety and pollution prevention applicable to ships operating in Canadian arctic waters are maintained (e.g., complete prohibition on the discharge of oil, continued reliance on Canada's regime for ship/ice interaction).

Enabling Act: Arctic Waters Pollution Prevention Act

OPI: Marine Safety and Security

Indication of business impacts

There may be business impacts. The "One-for-One" and/or the Small Business Lens may apply.

Public consultation opportunities

During the more than five years that it took to negotiate the Polar Code at the IMO, Transport Canada routinely engaged with Canadian industry and other stakeholders on issues of concern. TC also provided periodic updates to industry, federal and territorial departments, northern communities and Non-Governmental Organizations. As a result, the amendments to SOLAS and MARPOL are not expected to generate criticism, particularly as no significant changes to Canada's arctic shipping regime are anticipated.

The draft proposal for the implementation of the Polar Code within Canada's existing arctic shipping regime was presented during TC’s national Canadian Marine Advisory Council (CMAC) meeting on April 19-21, 2016, and during the regional prairie and northern CMAC on May 11-12, 2016. In addition, material will be circulated to industry and other northern stakeholders for review and comment as part of the process leading to the publication of new regulations in the Canada Gazette.

It is anticipated that there will be a 75-day comment period following pre-publication in Canada Gazette, Part I in summer 2017.

Departmental contact

Luc Tremblay
A/Exec Dir., Domestic Vessel Regulatory Oversight & Boating Safety
Marine Safety and Security

Tel.: (613) 949-3819
Email: Luc.Tremblay@tc.gc.ca

Regulations Amending The Marine Personnel Regulations

Description of the objective

Objective: To bring Canada’s regulatory regime in line with three major conventions to which Canada is a signatory.

Description: Three conventions to which Canada are a signatory are driving this regulatory amendment project:

  1. the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers (STCW) and its associated Codes, adopted at the International Marine Organization’s Manila Conference on June 25, 2010, set the standards of competence for seafarers internationally and must be implemented in Canadian regulations in order to achieve full compliance with the STCW by January 1st, 2017;
  2. The International Convention of Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Fishing Vessel Personnel (STCW-F), which was ratified on September 29th, 2011 and came into force on September 29th, 2012; and
  3. 2014 Amendments to the Maritime Labour Convention, 2006.

Enabling Act: Canada Shipping Act, 2001

OPI: Marine Safety and Security

Indication of business impacts

There may be business impacts. The “One-for-One” and/or the Small Business Lens may apply.

Public consultation opportunities

The regulatory project has been presented at every National Canadian Marine Advisory Council (CMAC) between the fall of 2011 and the spring of 2015. The latest consultations occurred at CMAC once again at the Personnel Standing Committee on April 20, 2016.

It is anticipated that there will be a 30-day comment period following pre-publication in Canada Gazette, Part I in 2018.

Departmental contact

Richard Garber
Exec. Director, Marine Personnel Standards, Pilotage & Medicine

Tel: (613) 990-4350
Email: Richard.Garber@tc.gc.ca

Regulations Amending the Vessel Operations Restriction Regulations, 2016 New

Description of the objective

Objective: To update, amend, change and/or add new entries to the schedules of the regulations and to ensure that they are accurate and enforceable.

Description: The regulations would establish restrictions to boating activities and navigation on Canadian waters in order to enhance the safety of navigation or to protect the environment and the public interest. The proposed amendments include restrictions for Lac-Sainte-Marie, which is located in the Province of Quebec, within the territory of the municipality of Nominingue and the Antoine-Labelle regional county municipality.

Enabling Act: Canada Shipping Act, 2001

OPI: Marine Safety and Security

Indication of business impacts

There are no expected business impacts.

Public consultation opportunities

Consultations have been undertaken at the local level by local authorities. Overall broad consultation and updates are conducted at regional and national Canadian Marine Advisory Council (CMAC) meetings.

It is anticipated that there will be a 30-day comment period following pre-publication in Canada Gazette, Part I in summer 2017.

Departmental contact

Luc Tremblay
A/Exec Dir., Domestic Vessel Regulatory Oversight & Boating Safety
Marine Safety and Security

Tel.: (613) 949-3819
Email: Luc.Tremblay@tc.gc.ca

Regulations amending the Commercial Vehicle Drivers Hours of Service Regulations 

Description of the objective

Objective: To amend the federal Commercial Vehicle Drivers Hours of Service Regulations (Regulations) to require the use of Electronic Logging Devices (ELDs) operated by federally-regulated motor carriers and commercial vehicle drivers to electronically track Hours of Service (HOS) and demonstrate compliance with the Commercial Vehicle Drivers Hours of Service Regulations. The device can increase the accuracy of tracking driving hours, in an attempt to ensure that allowable driving hours are not exceeded, and reduce the administrative burden and driver time associated with filling out paper logbooks.

Description: Currently, the regulations require commercial drivers to maintain paper logbooks, but allow for the use of electronic media to capture the required information. The data logged is subject to examination by provincial and territorial enforcement personnel, who are empowered to assess compliance with the Regulations and issue fines and/or lay charges under either provincial or federal regulations (depending on whether the carrier’s operations qualify them as being provincially or federally regulated).

The regulatory proposal would require the use of ELDs meeting a new technical standard developed under the Canadian Council of Motor Transport Administrators (CCMTA) with a compliance date two years after publication of Part II and allow existing ELD technology to remain in-use an additional two years beyond the compliance date.

Enabling Act: Motor Vehicle Safety Act

OPI: Motor Vehicle Safety

Indication of business impacts

There may be business impacts. The "One-for-One" and/or the Small Business Lens may apply.

Public consultation opportunities

On August 3, 2016, a pre-consultation document was sent to the provinces and territories, industry stakeholders and to ELD suppliers to obtain their initial views on this issue and requesting input on a number of questions. The Department is considering the input received in the regulatory drafting process currently underway.

It is anticipated that there will be a 60-day comment period following pre-publication in Canada Gazette, Part I in 2017.

Departmental contact

Andrew Spoerri
Senior Policy Advisor
Motor Carrier Safety
Tel: (613) 949-6593
Email: andrew.spoerri@tc.gc.ca

Regulations Amending Certain Regulations Made Under the Motor Vehicle Safety Act (National Safety Marks and Importation)

Description of the objective

Objective: To prescribe conditions under which vehicles not satisfying sections 5 and 6 of the Motor Vehicle Safety Act can be imported into Canada (from the United States and Mexico); to modify the importation regime currently set out in section 11 and Schedule VII; to modify the Motor Vehicle Tire Safety Regulations to incorporate the tire National Safety Mark (NSM) symbol; and to make administrative adjustments to the regulations and address concerns raised by the Standing Joint Committee for the Scrutiny of Regulations (SJCSR).

Description: This amendment proposes to fulfill our North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) obligations by:

  • allowing vehicles to be imported from Mexico;
  • modifying the sections of the Regulations that will no longer be in line with the amendment to the Motor Vehicle Safety Act, including the process for importing vehicles sold at the retail level in the United States and the tire NSM;
  • clarifying the importation requirements for vehicles that fall under section 11;
  • adding a minimum speed for vehicles to exclude vehicles of low speed;
  • defining a commonly used expression to avoid possible confusion (time of main assembly/date of manufacture); and
  • resolving an issue raised by the SJCSR: the correct use of Schedule II.

Enabling Act: Motor Vehicle Safety Act

OPI: Motor Vehicle Safety

Indication of business impacts

There are no expected business impacts.

Public consultation opportunities

Transport Canada maintains a Motor Vehicle Safety Regulation Plan which is updated and distributed to stakeholders upon request. This Regulation Plan is updated several times per year. Comments or questions in regards to the Motor Vehicle Safety Regulations Plan are accepted at any time. The Motor Vehicle Safety group meets with many associations each year and this Regulation Plan is used as the basis for the meetings. Anyone wishing to be added to the distribution list of the E-mailed Motor Vehicle Safety Regulation Plan need simply Email-RegulationsClerk-ASFB-Commisauxreglements@tc.gc.ca

It is anticipated that there will be a 75-day comment period following pre-publication in Canada Gazette, Part I in 2017.

Departmental contact

Dan Davis
Chief, Standards and Regulations
Motor Vehicle Safety
Tel.: (613) 998-1956
Email: RegulationsClerk-ASFB-Commisauxreglements@tc.gc.ca

Regulations Amending the Motor Vehicle Safety Regulations (Notice of Defect and Notice of Non-Compliance)

Description of the objective

Objective: To update the requirements within the Motor Vehicle Safety Regulations for issuing Notice of Defects and to introduce new requirements for issuing a Notice of Non-Compliance.

Description: Introduce new requirements and clarify existing requirements for issuing Notices of Defects and Non-Compliance, including the form and manner for manufacturers to provide Defect and Non-Compliance information to Canadian vehicle owners.

Enabling Act: Motor Vehicle Safety Act

OPI: Motor Vehicle Safety

Indication of business impacts

There are no expected business impacts.

Public consultation opportunities

Transport Canada maintains a Motor Vehicle Safety Regulation Plan which is updated and distributed to stakeholders upon request. This Regulation Plan is updated several times per year. Comments or questions in regards to the Motor Vehicle Safety Regulations Plan are accepted at any time. The Motor Vehicle Safety group meets with many associations each year and this Regulation Plan is used as the basis for the meetings. Anyone wishing to be added to the distribution list of the E-mailed Motor Vehicle Safety Regulation Plan need simply Email-RegulationsClerk-ASFB-Commisauxreglements@tc.gc.ca

It is anticipated that there will be a 75-day comment period following pre-publication in Canada Gazette, Part I in 2017.

Departmental contact

Dan Davis
Chief, Standards and Regulations
Motor Vehicle Safety
Tel.: (613) 998-1956
Email: RegulationsClerk-ASFB-Commisauxreglements@tc.gc.ca

Regulations Amending the Transportation of Dangerous Goods Regulations (Marine Provisions)

Description of the objective

Objective: To clarify or repeal several marine provisions throughout the Transportation of Dangerous Goods Regulations (TDGR) to eliminate confusion and clarify the text.

Description: TC is proposing to:

  1. Eliminate the discrepancies between the short-run ferry definitions and to update all marine provisions under the TDGR;
  2. Update the terminology with the new Canada Shipping Act, 2001;
  3. Eliminate duplication with the Cargo, Fumigation and Tackle Regulations and repeal the definition of short-run ferry and section 11.4 on notification;
  4. Allow the transport of gasoline and propane in highway tanks with passengers on certain ferries;
  5. Allow the transport of UN3156 compressed gas, oxidizing, N.O.S. in quantities up to 25 litres on passenger carrying vessels.

Enabling Act: Transportation of Dangerous Goods Act, 1992

OPI: TDG

Indication of business impacts

There may be business impacts. The "One-for-One" and/or the Small Business Lens may apply.

Public consultation opportunities

Preliminary consultations were held via the TC website in February 2016.

It is anticipated that there will be a 30-day comment period following pre-publication in Canada Gazette, Part I in winter 2017.

Departmental contact

Geneviève Sansoucy
Chief, Regulatory Development, Regulatory Affairs
Transportation of Dangerous Goods
Tel.: (613) 990-5766
Email: genevieve.sansoucy@tc.gc.ca

Regulations Amending the Transportation of Dangerous Goods Regulations – Part 6 – Training New

Description of the objective

Objective: To increase compliance and improve public safety by ensuring that people who transport dangerous goods have the knowledge and skills to perform their jobs, and to further clarify the regulatory requirements.

Description: TC is proposing to:

  1. Better define what it means for someone to be “adequately trained” by developing a competency-based framework to identify the skills needed and performance expected for specific job functions.
  2. Develop a national standard outlining the requirements for competency-based training and assessment.
  3. Develop awareness-level testing (TDG 101), and a guidance manual, for TDG regulatory requirements.

Enabling Act: Transportation of Dangerous Goods Act, 1992

OPI: TDG

Indication of business impacts

There may be business impacts. The "One-for-One" and/or the Small Business Lens may apply.

Public consultation opportunities

Preliminary consultations were held from fall 2015 to winter 2016. Consultations on the white paper held via the TC website and online discussion forum from December 6, 2016 to February 28, 2016.

It is anticipated that there will be a 60-day comment period following pre-publication in Canada Gazette, Part I in winter 2018.

Departmental contact

Geneviève Sansoucy
Chief, Regulatory Development, Regulatory Affairs
Transportation of Dangerous Goods
Tel.: (613) 990-5766
Email: genevieve.sansoucy@tc.gc.ca

Regulations Amending the Transportation of Dangerous Goods Regulations – Part 7 – Emergency Response Assistance Plan (ERAP) New

Description of the objective

Objective: To enhance the capacity to respond to dangerous goods transport emergencies through improvements to ERAP requirements.

To address recommendations of the Emergency Response Task Force (ERTF) published in December 2016.

Description: TC is proposing to:

  1. Review activation of ERAPs (responds to ERTF recommendations)
  2. Review Tiered Service Levels for Response (responds to ERTF recommendations)
  3. Address New issues:
    • Responsibilities when the person offering for transport is outside of Canada,
    • ERAPs for infectious substances,
    • Requirements for technical advisor availability,
    • Need for emergency response exercises.

Enabling Act: Transportation of Dangerous Goods Act, 1992

OPI: TDG

Indication of business impacts

There may be business impacts. The "One-for-One" and/or the Small Business Lens may apply.

Public consultation opportunities

Preliminary consultations are expected to launch in March 2017 for a period of 45 days, with a possibility of extending to 60 days.

It is anticipated that there will be a 30-day comment period following pre-publication in Canada Gazette, Part I in winter 2018.

Departmental contact

Geneviève Sansoucy
Chief, Regulatory Development, Regulatory Affairs
Transportation of Dangerous Goods
Tel.: (613) 990-5766
Email: genevieve.sansoucy@tc.gc.ca

For more information

To learn about upcoming or ongoing consultations on proposed federal regulations, visit the Canada Gazette and Consulting with Canadians websites.

 
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